Scene One: Action!

Once upon a time…it was a dark and stormy night…a long, long time ago, in a kingdom far away…these are all phrases that catch our attention. Why? It’s simple — they signal to us that a story is about to begin. Something has happened and we get to hear all about it.

If it’s a good story (one that keeps our interest), there’s going to be action. Events will transpire that change the course of the tale…and purpose runs beneath all of the details. Many times, that purpose is to help the main character go through a transformation of some sort, to let him or her gain knowledge or love or some other positive thing. The greatest characters are ones who step up to a challenge and risk it all to accomplish their purpose…

You know what I don’t like? Stories that have passive characters. It drives me nuts to see a character who never takes positive action. They’re reactive instead of proactive…so they just sit back and wait for life to happen to them. When you’re watching a movie, these are the characters that make you scream at the screen (usually something like: “Do something!” or “Run!” or “For Pete’s sake, just tell him how you feel!”). But, in spite of your frustration, they just go on with the flow without trying to change anything…

And some people think God is just like that. He’s pictured as an old, white-bearded, grandpa-sort of figure snoring on a Heavenly throne, watching the world without getting involved. Whatever happens just happens and He has nothing to do with it…

But this great history of humanity begins with attention-getting words that introduce us to a pro-active God!
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” ~Genesis 1:1-5.

Here’s what I see in these first few verses of the Bible: God is a God of action! The first thing we learn about Him is that He created — He saw a void, and it was His nature to fill it with something beautiful that He could love. Did He have to make the heavens and the earth? Did He have to speak light into the darkness? Of course not…He could have continued on without this earth and without us. We need God to even exist — He doesn’t need us to remain the God that He is.  But because He is Love, because it is His nature to bring about good, He Spoke. He took action.  And He has never sat back, closed His eyes, and been done with His work.

It’s the opposite, in fact.  Every name of God that we find in His Word reveals another way that He is active and involved with the lives of His people. Just to name a few — He is Jehovah-Rapha (our Healer), Jehovah-Jireh (the Lord will provide), El-Roi (the strong one who sees), our Advocate, our Deliverer, our Redeemer.  Never buy into the myth that God is watching us from a distance, apathetic about our lives. He is closer than a brother, never forsaking us for a moment. He is ordering our steps, hearing our prayers, and working for our good.

He is the Light and where there is darkness, He wants to shine.  If there’s darkness in your heart, in your family, in your world…He is able and willing to speak peace and love into it.  He created beauty out of darkness on Day One of planet earth and He’s been doing it ever since…take this chance to be proactive and ask Him to step into your situation…He will hear you and He will make a difference.

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